AC Milan sign Fernando Torres Permanently

Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent basis in January.

Torres, 30, moved to the San Siro on a two-year loan deal in Augustand will complete a permanent transfer to the Serie A club on 5 January.

He joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a then British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011.

The former Liverpool striker helped win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup while at Chelsea.

In a statement,  Chelsea thanked the 2010 World Cup winner for "his service during the past four seasons" and wished him "the very best for the future".

Biggest transfer fees paid by a British club


Angel Di Maria

Real Madrid to Man Utd



Fernando Torres

Liverpool to Chelsea



Mesut Ozil

Real Madrid to Arsenal



Sergio Aguero

Atletico Madrid to Man City



Juan Mata

Chelsea to Man Utd



Andy Carroll

Newcastle to Liverpool



Alexis Sanchez

Barcelona to Arsenal


Torres had been linked with a return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid after their president hinted at a deal earlier this month.

Earlier on Saturday, Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos also said a deal was "on the verge of completion".

"He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season," Diego Simeone's number two told Spanish media.

Torres left Atletico for Liverpool in 2007.

The stats

  • Torres cost Liverpool a reported £20m when he signed in 2007 from Atletico Madrid and scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances.
  • He was a member of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad.
  • Despite his record transfer fee, Torres scored just 20 goals for Chelsea in 110 league appearances.

Fernando Torres's career in goals

Atletico Madrid (2001-07)

214 league appearances, 84 goals

Liverpool (2007-11)

102 league appearances, 65 goals

Chelsea (2011-14)

110 league appearances, 20 goals

AC Milan (2014-present)

10 league appearances, 1 goal

Club total

436 league appearances, 170 goals

Spain (2003-present)

110 appearances, 37 goals